Arghhh, shouldn't have looked at this thread. I was planning on next years VLM being my first marathon (with my first half marathon at Stratford in November), but the Amsterdam race looks ace, and a quick google reveals I could get flights, accommodation for a five day break and race entry for less than £300.
Must. Resist. Doing. Something. Rash.
I chose Amsterdam for my first (I couldn't think of a flatter one ) and it was great with the Stadium start and finish.
I then followed it up with the Budapest Marathon last September - another great flat course, followed by a relaxing dip in the the Thermal Spas afterwards for all the competitors, which really helped with the aches.
For both races, we managed to get cheaphotels and flights over there early Satuday and back Sunday night, so were able to make a nice weekend of it.
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